Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette spoke to BT Sport after the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Emirates tonight.
Here’s what they had to say.
Does 1-1 feel like a defeat?
Welbeck: Yeah, it’s disappointing to take the lead and to concede a goal right near the end of the first leg, so yeah, we’re disappointed with that.
How did you concede a goal like that?
Welbeck: I’m sure we’ll do a bit of analysis on that, we’ve gotta try and make it sure it doesn’t happen again. Going into next week we’ve got to be positive, and this game is done now so we have to see what we can do.
Frustration is that you had so many first half chances, and couldn’t make them count?
Welbeck: There were opportunities there, it was there for us to score and we’re disappointed with that, but it gives us a bit of positivity going into the second leg knowing we can create chances against a very good team.
Alexandre, your goal was a great leap.
Lacazette: It was a great cross from Jack, but it’s not enough. We wanted to win and we need a great result next week.
7 goals in 7 games, how are you finding this form?
Lacazette: It’s my job to score goals, but I can’t score without my teammates. So I’m happy, I feel good.
They haven’t conceded in 11 games at home. How does this leave you?
Welbeck: Well, we know we can score against them, we did it tonight so we’re going to be positive going into that game. We know we can create opportunities, and hopefully we can put them in the back of the net.
The final is in Lyon, would that be special?
Lacazette: Yeah. I really want to go to the final, maybe the player who wants it most in the team, but we have to work to do it.
Was there pressure to win it for the manager?
Welbeck: Going into a semi-final, you don’t need any extra incentive and I said we wanted to win before the manager announced he was leaving and we want to win afterwards as well. Seeing him at the end would be the icing on the cake but we don’t need that extra motivation because we’re professionals and that’s what we’re here to do.